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30 unique and must-see photos from our past

posted on October 18th 2013 in Photography with 3 Comments

Photographs have long been used to record special and unique moments – birthdays, weddings and the occasional selfie are all commonplace. But these next 30 photographs go beyond the norm – they encapsulate the mood, tone and values of yesteryear, a compelling account of the evolution of our values if you will.

From landmarks in history, strange feats of physical endurance through to peculiar devices & oddball characters, this series of images will astound, confound and enthrall you.

1. Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty delivered June 17, 1885

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2. The hippo belonged to a circus and apparently enjoyed pulling the cart as a trick 1924

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3. Charlie Chaplin in 1916 at the age of 27

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4. Annie Edison Taylor (1838-1921), the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

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5. Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

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6. Advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug. Papua, New Guinea during WWII

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7. Artificial legs, United Kingdom, ca. 1890

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8. 1920′s lifeguard

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9. Bookstore ruined by an air raid, London 1940

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10. Testing new bulletproof vests, 1923

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11. Suntan vending machine, 1949

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12. A space chimp poses for the camera after a successful mission to space in 1961

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13. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

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14. Little girl comforting her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London, 1940

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15. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit 1929

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16. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

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17. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

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18. Animals being used as a part of medical therapy in 1956

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19. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

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20. Children eating their Christmas dinner during the Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

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21. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

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22. Abraham Lincoln’s hearse, 1865

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23. A most beautiful suicide – 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck (83rd floor) of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947. She landed on a United Nations limousine…

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24. A mom and her son watch the mushroom cloud after an atomic test 75 miles away, Las Vegas, 1953

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25. A penniless mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

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26. Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907… She was arrested for indecency.

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27. Martin Luther King Jr. with his son by his side removing a burnt cross from his front yard, 1960

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28. Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo advanced plastic surgery & a skin transplant.

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29. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893

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30. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

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currently there's 3 comment(s)

  • Deb Carey

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 17:47

    wonderful

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  • kirsten

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 17:59

    These are incredible. Thanks for sharing. I’m loving your whole site – spent yesterday enraptured with the photos of old Finnish people. Now today, these gems.

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  • Jeanette

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 23:21

    love love love everything on this site. Especially the old Finnish people. SO beautiful. Thank you for bringing this to us.

    Reply

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